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W.E. director Madonna's much publicized spat with the hydrangea lovers of the world last week poses an interesting predicament for the team at The Bay who has been quietly pulling together the dinner for her TIFF feature W.E. If she hates that humble bloom, would she role her eyes at arrangements of peonies? Or roses? Or lilies, the Duchess of Windsor's supposed favourite flower for that matter? The solution is obviously to skirt the issue entirely so the tables at tonight's Soho House supper with be entirely floral centerpiece-free.
Madge will be in good celebrity company when she adds herself to Soho House's endless list of TIFF guests. The Grey Goose-sponsored, multifloor space in the heart of the entertainment district saw George Clooney, Glenn Close, John Hamm, Ryan Gosling and so many more notables all lounging on its velvet sofas over the weekend. Celebrity spotting aside, chattering locals are most curious about the fate of the warehouse after the festival. Word is it's becoming a library-inspired lounge and meeting place (think Spoke Club minus the membership). And it's name? "Storeys" of course.
They swooned! Oh, how they swooned at the Hugo Boss store on Bloor Saturday night when Alexander Skarsgard appeared at the party for Melancholia. At no other TIFF anything have I witnessed such a heart palpitating, cool-loosing reaction from a crowd that usually gives off an air of seen-it-all apathy. Skarsgard's costar Kirsten Dunst appeared (in polka dots) too, looking amused but a tad forgotten in the middle of the True Blood fandemoniun. Nice Canadians that we are though, more than one guest was overheard volunteering to have his picture taken with Dunst to ease any ego shattering.
"It's gonna be a banger," hinted one scene insider about the bash on Sunday night for Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency hosted by NYC nightlife queen Amy Sacco. And it was. Emily Blunt? Present. Keifer Sutherland? Present. James Franco, Colin Farrell, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith? All present on the Vitamin Water-branded Burroughes Building rooftop where the stars have been able to come and go entirely paparazzi free this fest.